Author: Edward Tomic

Edward Tomic is a reporter for The Maine Wire based in Southern Maine. He grew up near Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Boston University. He can be reached at tomic@themainewire.com

A Monday evening school board meeting for Maine School Administrative District 51 (MSAD #51) adjourned after a parent raised concerns over pornographic books in the district’s school libraries. [RELATED: Most Maine Voters Want Parent “Opt-Out” Option and Safeguards for X-Rated School Books: MAINE WIRE POLL] Scott Jordan of Cumberland, the parent of a child in MSAD # 51, presented the board with documents showing that Cumberland’s Greely High School contains several obscene and pornographic books. https://rumble.com/v30ryus-school-board-in-maine-runs-away-from-concerned-parent.html According to Follet Learning’s Destiny Library Manager, Greely High School’s library stocks “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe, a book which contains graphic…

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Conservative legal activist Leonard Leo has become the target of media outlets alleging he commands a sinister network of “dark money” organizations that have shaped the current conservative majority on the Supreme Court and influenced the justices’ rulings. [RELATED: Leonard Leo on the Constitution, Guaranteed Rights, and the Supreme Court: “The Courts Are Not Meant to Make Law”] A June 30 opinion piece in The Guardian called Leo the “king of dark money,” and alleged his operation has been “working to influence some of the supreme court’s most consequential cases.” Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee recently sent a letter…

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Conservative legal activist Leonard Leo joined the Maine Wire’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Robinson for a wide-ranging interview about the Supreme Court, his judicial activism, and the state of American higher education. If you missed part one, you can find it here. Leo, the longtime head of the Federalist Society, has been involved as an advisor in the nominations of conservative Supreme Court justices from Justice Clarence Thomas to Justice Amy Coney Barrett. In Part 2 of the interview, Leo talks about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to end affirmative action in American colleges and universities. Leo believes that decision was just…

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Tucker Carlson’s new Twitter show has landed its first advertiser, according to a report Sunday from CNBC. This comes just days after rumors circulated that Carlson was planning to start a new media company with his Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel. [RELATED: Tucker Carlson Hosts 2024 GOP Presidential Forum, Creating New Media Company: WSJ] Sources familiar with the matter told CNBC that Carlson agreed to a seven-figure advertising deal with Public Square (PublicSq.), a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom” shopping app. Michael Seifert, CEO of Public Square, described the app as “the nation’s largest marketplace of businesses that have refused to go…

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Al Diamon, a Maine columnist who has had his weekly column “Politics & Other Mistakes” published in numerous news outlets for the past 25 years, such as the Daily Bulldog and the Portland Phoenix, has written a column calling for the resignation of Maine’s House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross. [RELATED: Maine Media Runs Cover For House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross’ State Police Scandal and “Storm the Capitol” Rhetoric] The July 14 column, “Politics & Other Mistakes: Not suitable for work,” responds to an opinion piece written by former Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling for the Maine Beacon, entitled “In praise of…

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In an exclusive interview with Maine Wire Editor-in-Chief Steve Robinson, conservative legal activist Leonard Leo gave his opinion on how conservatives ought to address corruption in the administrative state, and revelations regarding the politicization of the United States’ intelligence agencies. [LISTEN: Maine Wire Podcast: Conservative Legal Activist Leonard Leo – Part 1] Leo also addressed overreach by federal regulatory agencies that have affected Maine’s lobstermen, social media censorship, and the importance of education on the constitution and the proper role of government. “What do you do to reign in an administrative state, or an intelligence community, that is becoming political…

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Maine Wire Editor-in-Chief Steve Robinson sat down with conservative legal activist and Co-Chairman of the Federalist Society Leonard Leo to discuss the recent Supreme Court rulings, liberal smear campaigns, and why he’s decided to become a Mainer. Listen to Part 1 of the interview here. Part 2 will publish Tuesday morning. In addition to his work with the Federalist Society, Leo advised President Donald Trump on the selection and confirmation processes of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Leo is a longtime friend of Justice Clarence Thomas, aiding in Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearings, as…

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On Friday, former Fox News prime-time star Tucker Carlson hosted a forum event for five 2024 Republican primary candidates for president in 2024, in which he grilled the candidates on the Ukraine war, COVID-19, border policy and immigration, and “gender-affirming” treatments for minors. [RELATED: Tucker Carlson Hosts 2024 GOP Presidential Forum, Creating New Media Company: WSJ] The event, hosted by conservative media outlet the Blaze and called “The Summit”, featured Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The…

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An attorney for President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has sent a cease-and-desist letter to former President Donald Trump, alleging Trump’s frequent comments on social media and rallies about him “could lead to [Hunter Biden’s] or his family’s injury.” [RELATED: White House Refuses to Acknowledge Hunter Biden’s Daughter] Abbe David Lowell, who represents Hunter Biden as part of Winston & Strawn LLP, authored the letter — sent Thursday to four Trump attorneys. “I am sending this letter to make a demand that your client, former President Donald Trump, cease and desist from making public statements about my client which are both…

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An executive order signed Thursday by President Joe Biden will allow the the Pentagon to send up to 3,000 individual reservists to active duty in Europe in response to the Russia-Ukraine war. [RELATED: ‘This is about justice’: Zelensky Defends Use of Cluster Bombs in War Against Russia] Biden states in the order that “it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation Atlantic Resolve in and around the United States European Command’s area of responsibility.” The order authorizes the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security to order to active…

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Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson is working with former White House advisor and co-founder of the Daily Caller Neil Patel to start a new media company, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. [RELATED: Fox News Viewership Falls Behind MSNBC After Dropping Tucker Carlson] Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that Carlson and Patel are seeking to raise more than $100 million to start a new company that could potentially be built on Twitter. A subscription-based model would drive traffic from Twitter to the company, where subscribers would be able to watch interviews and episodes…

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An Ohio plastic surgeon known as “Dr. Roxy” who livestreamed her procedures on TikTok has been permanently banned from practicing medicine after the state’s medical board found she injured patients in front of hundreds of thousands of live viewers. [RELATED: Legislature Unanimously Approves TikTok Ban on Government-Issued Devices] On Wednesday the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to permanently revoke Dr. Katharine Roxanne Grawe’s (@doctorrroxy on TikTok) based on her failure to meet standards of care. The board had originally decided to suspend Grawe’s license in November on claims that she neglected her patients as she live-streamed their procedures, spoke…

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Department of Justice (DOJ) grant programs fund sanctuary states and localities that undermine immigration law and protect illegal aliens from federal authorities, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Center for Immigration Studies. [RELATED: Bad Food, No Showers: Migrants Protest Outside Portland Expo Over “Awful Conditions,” Uncertain Future Benefits] The report focuses on three federal funding programs— the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG), and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. More than 40 percent of the available funds across these three programs were awarded to sanctuary cities, despite having adopted…

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Portland Mayor Kate Snyder joined WGAN Morning News Host and CEO of the Maine Policy Institute Matt Gagnon Thursday to discuss the city’s response to its ongoing migrant and housing crises. Mayor Snyder revealed that Governor Janet Mills had not yet responded to the city officials’ most recent letter to the Governor asking for her support on a proposal to shelter asylum seekers at Unity Environmental University. The letter, sent June 29, also asked the Governor to use the National Guard to set up an emergency shelter if the Unity campus cannot be used for transitional housing. [RELATED: Unity College…

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The U.S. Secret Service announced it has concluded its investigation into cocaine found at the White House without being able to identify a suspect, according to an official statement released Thursday. [RELATED: Texas Congressman: Secret Service May Have Already Identified White House Cocaine Suspect] The cocaine was found on July 2 in a cubby area in the West Wing entry area where visitors and tourists store electronics and personal devices prior to entry. Preliminary testing by EMS responders concluded the substance was cocaine, and it was then sent to the FBI crime laboratory and tested for advanced fingerprint and DNA…

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision by the United States to send them cluster munitions to aid in their war effort against Russia, speaking Wednesday at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. “Russia constantly uses cluster munitions on our territory. It wages war exclusively on our land. It kills our people,” Zelensky said Wednesday. “This is about justice,” Zelensky added. “We defend ourselves, without using [these] weapons on the territory of other states.” Zelensky said that all cluster munitions supplied to Ukraine would be used “purely for military purposes” in the Russian-occupied southern and eastern regions of the country.…

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FBI Director Christopher Wray denied that the agency is protecting President Joe Biden or his family during a Wednesday House Judiciary Committee hearing. The hearing marks the first time the FBI Director has testified before the Judiciary Committee since the Republicans won their majority in the 2022 midterm elections. House Republicans have been eager to investigate the politicization of the nation’s preeminent law enforcement agency under Director Wray and the weaponization of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Merrick Garland. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.) pressed Wray to respond to a WhatsApp text from Hunter Biden to a Chinese businessman…

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After a town hall event in Nashua, New Hampshire Tuesday evening, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took questions from the media about the migrant crisis, free trade, NATO expansion and how he sees the current state of the 2024 primary race. In Maine, we have a severe migrant crisis, thousands of migrants have come to very small towns who don’t have the resources to take them in, while U.S. citizens are on the street. What specific steps would you take as president to address not only the border crisis, but the people that are already here? “So my view is,…

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A report released Tuesday by the House Oversight Committee on the suppression of the hypothesis that the COVID-19 virus was leaked from a virology lab found that Dr. Anthony Fauci employed “fatally flawed science” to avoid blaming China for the pandemic. Since April 2020, the GOP-led Oversight Committee has been investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their report focuses on the handling of a 2020 study entitled “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2” (Proximal Origin), which has been accessed 5.8 million times since it was published in the journal Nature Medicine, receiving the fifth most attention of any paper ever…

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Academic achievement levels stalled and fell short of pre-pandemic trends for most K-12 students, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). [RELATED: U.S. Student Testing Shows Another Drop for 13-Year-Olds in Math and Reading: NAEP] The research organization, which has been assessing Pre-K-12 students for 40 years, tracked the academic progress of 6.7 million U.S. public school students in grades 3-8. The study examined the achievement gap between students in the 2022-23 school year relative to pre-pandemic years, and compared the COVID year student group to pre-pandemic students. According to the NWEA report, the…

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Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum on Monday that the Secret Service may have already identified the suspect who left a bag of cocaine at the White House last week. [RELATED: Mystery Surrounds Discovery of Cocaine at Biden White House] On Sunday, July 2, a small baggy of a white powder, later identified as cocaine, was found in a cubby in the West Wing entry area accessible to visitors and tourists. The discovery led to widespread speculation about who the Schedule II substance might have belonged to and how it may have found its way into…

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Ahead of this week’s NATO summit in Lithuania, President Joe Biden told CNN over the weekend that the Russia-Ukraine war must end before the alliance can consider NATO membership for Ukraine. Biden told CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria that he considers it premature to add Ukraine to the alliance, and that there is disagreement on the issue among the other NATO member countries. “I don’t think there is unanimity in NATO about whether or not to bring Ukraine into the NATO family now, at this moment, in the middle of a war,” Biden said in the CNN interview. “For example, if…

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LGBTQ+ student self-identification at Brown University has reached 38 percent of the student body, according to polling data collected by school’s student newspaper, the Brown Daily Herald. The Herald first collected data on Brown University students’ sexual orientation in 2010, when it found that around 14 percent of respondents said they were not straight, a proportion which has now more than doubled. Brown University’s percentage of LGBTQ+ identifying students is more than five times the national rate, according to a 2022 Gallup survey which found 7.1 percent of U.S. adults, and 19.7 percent of those aged 18 to 25, identify…

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Installation of the buoy border wall ordered by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbot began Friday on the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas. [RELATED: Border Agents Accidentally Let A Migrant On The Terror Watchlist Enter The US] Once finished, the floating barrier and its attached webbing will cover 1,000 feet in the middle of the Rio Grande. https://twitter.com/TxDPS/status/1677402476880842753?s=20 The floating barrier system, made of four-foot-wide-buoys which can be quickly installed and moved, is meant to deter and impede migrants who attempt to cross into the U.S. by swimming across the Rio Grande, a treacherous way to pass into the country…

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Appearing in his first interview since leaving Fox News, on Friday Tucker Carlson joined comedian and actor Russel Brand on his podcast “Stay Free with Russel Brand,” discussing Big Pharma, the Russia-Ukraine war, immigration, censorship, January 6 and Donald Trump. The interview, which can be watched in full below, streamed live on Rumble to over 130,000 viewers. When speaking about former President Donald Trump, Carlson said that he thinks Trump’s emergence is the “most significant thing that happened in American politics in 100 years, because he reoriented the Republican Party against the wishes of Republican leaders.” “I’m struck by his…

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On Friday Gov. Janet Mills and Maine’s Congressional Delegation made a joint announcement that President Joe Biden has approved the a request for a “Major Disaster Declaration” for Maine counties impacted by a severe spring storm. The storm, which occurred April 30 and May 1, brought flooding, swelling rivers, power outages, tree damage, and more than $2 million in infrastructure damage to eight Maine counties. In June Gov. Mills requested that President Biden issue the Disaster Declaration for Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties. “We are grateful that President Biden has approved Maine’s request for a Major…

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The historic Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro, Maine, will be hosting the Portland-based drag show “Curbside Queens” for a performance on Saturday, July 29. The event offers general admission tickets to people aged 16 and up. “The Waldo Theatre welcomes Portland-based Curbside Queens as they spread the joy and celebration of the Queer experience and the art of Drag with the people of Maine,” the event page reads. “Creative dress is encouraged!!!” The event page says. The Curbside Queens are a traveling troupe of drag performers that use a pink shuttle bus named “Peg” to do shows in driveways, parking lots…

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On Thursday Democrats in Maine’s House of Representatives reaffirmed their support for a bill that would extend taxpayer-funded MaineCare benefits to illegal aliens and other non-citizens with qualifying low incomes, but made a series of concessions in decreasing the scope and fiscal impact of the bill. [RELATED: Maine House Approves Taxpayer-Funded MaineCare Coverage for Illegal Aliens] The bill, LD 199, was sponsored by the House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland), and as initially proposed would have made all noncitizens over 21 with qualifying low incomes living in Maine eligible to receive MaineCare benefits, regardless of their immigration status. A fiscal…

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On Wednesday, July 5 at around 10:30 p.m., Portland Police responded to reports of a large group setting off fireworks and targeting passing motor vehicles with roman candles and other projectiles in the city’s East Bayside neighborhood. According to a Thursday press release, when patrol officers arrived on the scene Wednesday night, the group discharged fireworks at the officers. “I am proud of the work done by our officers. They have been subjected to attacks like these over the past few years during the Fourth of July celebrations and it is unacceptable,” said Portland’s Interim Police Chief Bob Martin. “These…

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Multiple informational pages on the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website give guidance on “chestfeeding,” a term used to describe transgender and nonbinary-gendered individuals feeding an infant from their chest. Several doctors have accused the national public health agency of not taking into account the possible health risks that could result from children drinking “milk” that has been produced by pharmaceutical intervention and gender-reassignment hormonal treatments, according to the Daily Mail. The CDC guidance received renewed scrutiny this week after a transgender woman posted a photo of herself purporting to chestfeed an infant. After the tweet went…

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The National Education Association, the largest labor union in the United States, published a list Wednesday of “Great Summer Reads for Educators!” which included the controversial sexually explicit book “Gender Queer.” [RELATED: Orono Democrat Compares Maine Republicans to Nazis for Wanting Porn Books Out of Schools] Under the heading “Banned Books: Celebrate the Freedom to Read,” the teachers’ union showcased Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, a graphic memoir marketed towards teens that has received pushback on being included in school libraries due to its illustrations of oral sex and masturbation. Gender Queer also contains cartoon depictions of minors performing sex…

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The suspect arrested in relation to a Monday night mass shooting in Philadelphia that left five people dead and two wounded has been identified as a Black Lives Matter supporter and a man who wears women’s clothes. The suspected gunman, 40-year-old Kimbrady Carriker, faces more than 30 counts, including murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, and carrying a firearm without a permit. Multiple children were wounded in Tuesday’s shooting, including a 2-year-old who was shot four times in the legs. One of the five deceased victims was 15-year-old Daujan Brown. Carriker has a criminal record, having been charged with possession of…

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A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that there has been contact between the U.S. and Russia regarding a potential prisoner exchange involving Wall Street Journal reporter and Bowdoin graduate Evan Gershkovich. [RELATED: Bowdoin Grad, Wall Street Journal Reporter Arrested in Russia for “Espionage”] Gershkovich, who graduated Bowdoin College in 2014, was arrested by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on espionage charges in March of this year — the first time an American journalist has been arrested on spying charges since the Cold War. On Tuesday top Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that the U.S. Ambassador…

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The president of Unity College has responded to a proposal by Portland city officials to house asylum seeking migrants at the college, saying that currently there is no comprehensive plan in place for the Waldo County campus to operate as transitional housing for asylees. On June 29, Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Danielle West sent a letter to Gov. Janet Mills asking for help in moving around 300 people from the Portland Exposition Building into alternative transitional housing arrangements before August 16, when the Expo will cease its operation as an emergency shelter for asylum seekers. Last Wednesday,…

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A bill recently passed by Michigan’s House of Representatives would make causing someone to feel terrorized, frightened, or threatened based on their “gender identity or expression” a hate crime. In Michigan, a hate crime is a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to two years or a fine up to $5,000, or both. Instead of or in addition to imprisonment and fines for hurting someone’s feelings, if the defendant consents, a court could require the offender to complete a period of community service “intended to enhance the offender’s understanding of the impact of the offense upon the victim and the…

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After the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in a ruling Thursday, and on Friday declared President Biden’s student loan forgiveness unconstitutional as well as denying that anti-discrimination laws can compel speech, prominent Maine Democrats are decrying what they see as the politicization of the Court. [RELATED: SCOTUS Torches Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Promise] U.S. Congresswoman from Maine’s First District Chellie Pingree tweeted a quote of President Biden’s comment on the Court’s Thursday decision to prohibit race-based college admissions. “This is not a normal court,” Biden said in a Thursday press briefing, quoted by Pingree in her tweet. She shared…

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On Thursday City Councilor Mark Dion announced his bid to become Portland’s next Mayor. Portland’s current Mayor Kate Snyder said in September of last year that she won’t be seeking reelection this November. Dion, who runs a private law practice, has served as a City Councilor for Portland’s Fifth District for three years, after winning a four-way race in 2020 with 39 percent of the vote. He previously served as the Sheriff of Cumberland Country from 1999 to 2010, when he then won a seat as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives, where he was named Chair of…

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Chairman of the Board of the California-based conservative think tank the Claremont Institute Tom Klingenstein has released the first of a three-part interview series with former Trump lawyer John Eastman discussing voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. https://youtu.be/8rARmn9Dafs In the interview, Eastman, who served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is the founding director of the Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, gives an account of his work for the Trump White House. Eastman gained notoriety following the 2020 presidential election when he advanced the argument to President Trump that then-Vice President Mike Pence…

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Portland City officials held a press briefing inside of the Portland Exposition Building after a protest Wednesday morning by migrants over the city’s lack of housing options and the shelter’s poor conditions blocked traffic briefly on Park Avenue. [RELATED: Bad Food, No Showers: Migrants Protest Outside Portland Expo Over “Awful Conditions,” Uncertain Future Benefits] Portland City Manager Danielle West, Mayor Kate Snyder and Portland Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Kristen Dow met with the Expo residents following the protest to hear their concerns and then took questions from the media. According to WGME, the meeting was part…

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During a special public meeting Tuesday, the South Portland City Council approved an agreement to extend the temporary transitional housing of migrants at the Howard Johnson Hotel for an additional 12 months. Hotels were being used as temporary housing for the city’s homeless population since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but as the pandemic came to a close, federal and state funding dried up. At its peak, over 1,000 homeless migrants and some Mainers were being sheltered in hotels off the Maine Mall Road in South Portland. As of June 21, 2023, six hotels were still renting 128 rooms…

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Roughly 100 migrants protested outside of the Portland Exposition Building Wednesday morning, briefly blocking traffic along a busy Park Ave, to raise alarm about the “awful conditions” inside the shelter, with one man telling the Maine Wire that there was not enough food and limited ability to shower. The migrants also complained about the uncertain future they face when taxpayer-funded benefits paying for their accommodations run out later this year. “We have children here, but the life is not very good,” said Reagan Mayemba, a migrant staying at the Portland Expo. Mayemba said that they will be “kicked out” in…

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An armed employee at Turnberry Towers in Las Vegas stopped an active shooter who attempted to enter the building’s lobby with an AR-15 rifle last Friday, according to a building resident. https://twitter.com/DonutNewsNetwrk/status/1673550534165385222?s=20 The gunman, who was wearing a tactical helmet and was armed with multiple weapons, attempted to enter the lobby after shooting at the front desk through the lobby’s glass doors. Upon crossing through the threshold of the door into the lobby, it was an armed employee of the luxury condominium building who shot the gunman, according to a statement from a resident given to KTNV Las Vegas. The…

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A combination of negligence, misconduct and “outright job performance failures” created an environment which allowed notorious child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein to commit suicide in his New York prison cell in 2019, a report released Tuesday by the Department of Justice claimed. [RELATED: JPMorgan Chase Settles Lawsuit Over Alleged Role in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Ring] The report from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) details the results of the investigation into the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ custody, care, and supervision of Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City. Epstein was arrested in…

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A bill motivated by the discovery of a $1.5 billion lithium deposit in Newry, Maine, thought to be the world’s largest, passed the Maine Senate Tuesday with overwhelming bipartisan support. The estimated 11 million ton deposit was discovered in 2021, but the owners of the land Mary and Gary Freeman have been unable to begin extracting the lithium due to restrictions on open-pit mining in Maine’s Metallic Mineral Mining Act. The bill, LD 1363, would allow open-pit mining under certain conditions while retaining many of the environmental protections currently provided in state law. If signed into law by Gov. Janet…

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CNN received a leak from an undisclosed source of an audio recording of a July 2021 interview former President Donald Trump gave at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, in which he discusses a “highly confidential” Department of Defense document. [RELATED: The Special Counsel’s Misinformation in the Trump Indictment] The two-minute recording is of an interview Trump gave to a writer, a publisher, and two of his staff members working on the memoir of his former chief of staff Mark Meadows. It is a central piece of evidence in special counsel Jack Smith’s indictment of Trump on federal charges…

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On Monday Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law that will partially decriminalize prostitution in Maine. The law, LD 1435, will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns. LD 1435 eliminates the Class E misdemeanor crime of “engaging in prostitution” — however, the purchasers will still be able to be charged. The law also elevates the crime of solicitation of a child for commercial sexual exploitation from a Class D crime to a Class C felony, punishable buy up to five years incarceration and a $5,000 fine. Language in state law related to the crime of “patronizing…

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On Monday Maine’s House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) that would extend taxpayer-funded MaineCare benefits to all residents of Maine regardless of immigration status, including illegal aliens. [RELATED: Maine House Speaker Proposes Amnesty for Homeless People Who Criminally Trespass on Private Property] Federal rules prohibit illegal aliens from receiving Medicaid benefits. As a result, no federal money can be used to pay for enrolling residents in MaineCare if they are present in the state illegally. That means the money to fund newly eligible enrollees will come from Maine’s General Fund. The bill…

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Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Monday that the House of Representatives will launch an impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s Attorney General (AG) Merrick Garland by July 6. [RELATED: Joe ‘Big Guy’ Biden in Room While Hunter Shook Down Chinese Businessman Henry Zhao: Whistleblower] The impeachment inquiry against Garland will be launched in relation to allegations from IRS whistleblowers that the Biden Justice Department stymied an investigation into Hunter Biden’s alleged tax violations. https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1673328331884843010?s=20 On Sunday the House Speaker tweeted that David Weiss, the U.S. Attorney in charge of prosecuting Hunter Biden in Delaware, “must provide answers to the House…

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After a ride-along tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday night, Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis announced his plan to strengthen border security at a campaign event Monday in Eagle Pass, Texas. Monday’s announcement marks the first major policy platform DeSantis has revealed since the start of his bid for the 2024 Republican nomination. “I have listened to people to in D.C. for years and years, going back decades, Republican and Democrats, always chirping about this and yet never actually bringing the issue to a conclusion, never actually getting the job done,” Gov. DeSantis said Monday. “What we’re…

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After the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee released IRS whistleblower testimonies Thursday alleging political interference by the Justice Department in their investigation into Hunter Biden, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to answer questions related to the President’s son in a press briefing Friday. [RELATED: Whistleblowers Allege IRS, DOJ Corruption, Tie President Biden to Hunter Biden’s Business Deals [DOCUMENTS]] Just days after it was announced that Hunter Biden would be pleading guilty to two felony charges for failure to pay federal taxes, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) of the Ways and Means Committee released testimony from two IRS…

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Stacie Marie Laughton, the first openly transgender woman to win election to a state office in New Hampshire, has been arrested on child pornography charges, the Union Leader reported Thursday. [RELATED: Multiple Kids Found with Corpse, Drugs, and Sex Toys at Boston Public Housing Complex] The former Democratic New Hampshire State Rep. from Nashua was arrested on Thursday on four felony counts of distribution of child sexual abuse images. Laughton was previously arrested for stalking a woman in Hudson, New Hampshire in 2022, after which Laughton resigned from the public office, just 15 days after assuming the position won in…

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After Democrats in Maine’s House of Representatives narrowly passed Governor Janet Mills’ controversial late-term abortion bill in the early hours of Friday morning, the Maine Democratic Party took to Twitter to applaud the Governor for signing a bill banning small lead weights to protect loons. [RELATED: Maine House Votes to Approve Gov. Janet Mills’ Controversial Late-Term Abortion Bill in Major Victory for Planned Parenthood] Hours of prolonged debate and procedural maneuvering culminated in a 74-72 vote to pass LD 1619, which if passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Mills would eliminate the state’s current viability restriction on abortion.…

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Following an “extensive search and review process,” Portland City Manager Danielle West has selected Mark Dubois to be the city’s next permanent Police Chief, the city announced in a press release Friday. The City Council will vote on the appointment of Dubois during its Monday, June 26 meeting. If appointed, Dubois will start his service on July 31, 2023, and earn an annual salary of $165,000. This news comes just a day after the city announced the appointment of a new Interim Chief to replace the retiring Portland Police Department Interim Chief F. Heath Gorham, who will leave the position…

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During her testimony Thursday in opposition to Gov. Janet Mills’ late-term abortion bill, LD 1619, a top Republican alleged that Attorney General Aaron Frey’s office changed language in a publicly available guidance document on the legality of abortion in Maine. Those changes amounted to a legal shift with significant political relevance to the debate over whether Maine needed to adopt LD 1619 in order to allow women, like Dana Pierce, to legally obtain abortions in cases of late-term fatal fetal abnormalities. Assistant House Minority Leader Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester) disclosed the changes made to the guidance as an indication that…

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Portland’s Corporation Counsel’s Office is conducting “legal research” into whether City Councilor At-Large Pious Ali violated a state law against electioneering near polling places by recording himself telling someone how to vote outside City Hall on June 13’s Election Day. On Wednesday, the Maine Wire obtained an email sent by Paul Riley, Elections Administrator for Portland, in which he says he has forwarded Ali’s video to the city’s attorneys for review due to an ethics complaint. “We have forwarded [the video] to the Corporation Counsel’s office for review about what can be done under City authority,” Riley wrote. According to…

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At a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday entitled “Protecting Pride: Defending the Civil Rights of LGBTQ+ Americans,” a queer activist witness refused to acknowledge any difference between biological men and women. President of the Human Rights Campaign Kelley Robinson, who describes herself as “the first Black, Queer woman to lead the organization,” claimed in Wednesday’s hearing that female tennis legend Serena Williams could beat men at the sport, in efforts to deny that men had any advantage over women in athletic competitions. Robinson was cross examined by Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) on her beliefs regarding the parity of the…

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Following the retirement announcement of current Portland Police Department Interim Chief F. Heath Gorham, the city stated Thursday that Interim Assistant Chief Robert Martin will take over Gorham’s position as of June 1, 2023. Since he took the role of Interim Chief in November of 2021, Gorham has had to face several challenges, including a rise in violent crime, drug overdoses, homelessness and the COVID-19 pandemic. “My time as interim chief was not without challenges,” said Chief Gorham in the city’s Thursday press release. “I am grateful for the dedication and professionalism of the Portland Police Department staff.” After a…

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A new policy directive from Maine Information Technology (MaineIT) has put a six-month moratorium on the adoption and use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology within all State of Maine agencies due to “significant” cybersecurity risks. The prohibition on AI will include large language models that generate text such as ChatGPT, as well as software that generates images, music, computer code, voice simulation, and art. It’s unclear whether and to what extent state employees have been relying on emerging AI tools as part of their jobs. Maine may be the first state in the U.S. to impose such a moratorium.…

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An employee of the world’s largest asset management company, BlackRock, describes how the company attempts to stay out of the media spotlight while buying politicians and profiting off of war, according to undercover footage obtained by the O’Keefe Media Group (OMG). [RELATED: Flashback: BlackRock CEO Says Investment Firm Forces Companies to Change Behavior on Diversity with Threats of Impacts to Compensation] https://twitter.com/JamesOKeefeIII/status/1671262303319392259?s=20 In footage secretly recorded by undercover journalists in New York, a BlackRock recruiter named Serge Varlay explains how the investment company is able to “run the world.” “They [BlackRock] don’t want to be in the news. They don’t…

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After rejecting an effort to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) last week over his role in the debunked Trump-Russia collusion investigation, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) said Tuesday that a new iteration of the censure resolution has the votes to pass Wednesday evening. The bill sets up the first official punishment Rep. Schiff will face for dozens of baseless claims the Intelligence Committee member made about Russian activities surrounding the 2016 presidential election and former Republican President Donald Trump. https://twitter.com/realannapaulina/status/1671308899884974084?s=20 Rep. Paulina Luna said that this second attempt to censure Schiff removes the possibility of a $16 million fine,…

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An “accounting error” resulted in the Department of Defense sending an extra $6.2 billion in aid to Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesperson said on Tuesday. https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1671264693951008768?s=20 The overestimation of the value of the aid sent to Ukraine was originally reported by the Pentagon in May to be $3 billion. Following a more thorough investigation, Pentagon officials revised the total value of the accounting error was $6.2 billion — $3.6 billion for fiscal year 2023 and $2.6 billion for fiscal year 2022. The accounting error was due to using the replacement cost rather than the net value of equipment sent to Ukraine,…

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In the latest episode of Tucker Carlson’s massively popular new show “Tucker on Twitter” released Tuesday, Carlson roasts fellow Maine resident Stephen King for writing a glowing review of Hunter Biden’s memoir. Carlson’s newest episode centers around President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and how he has used his last name to peddle his uninspired art and writing in exchange for money, and made foreign business deals while allegedly kicking money back to his father. [RELATED: Hunter Biden Strikes Deal on Federal Criminal Tax Charges, Felony Gun Possession Charge] Hunter Biden was approached by publisher Simon & Schuster in 2021 –…

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The Maine Department of Education (MDOE) is a failing institution that is based on white supremacy, according to comments Speaker of the House Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) made Monday at a Juneteenth event at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Calling MDOE part of an “oppressive” and “supremacist” system and ideology, Speaker Talbot Ross then twice called on listeners to storm the Capitol. Talbot Ross said that MDOE is complicit in making sure African-American history and culture are not taught in Maine schools as she delivered unprompted remarks at the Juneteenth “State of Black Maine Symposium” in Portland. “The…

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President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has struck a deal with the U.S. Attorney of Delaware in which he is expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges for failing to pay federal income tax, according to a court document filed Tuesday. [RELATED: Grassley Claims Ukrainian Exec Has Audio of Bidens Discussing Bribery Scheme] Hunter Biden also faces a felony charge for the illegal possession of a firearm while being addicted to controlled substances, which will be subject to the conditions of a separate pretrial deal. The Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney of Delaware David Weiss, author of the letter outlining the…

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Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday rejected a floor amendment that would have required MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program, to cover the expenses of transgender individuals who elect to reverse their sex-change procedures. The amendment to provide funding for so-called “detransition” procedures would also have required coverage for any complications arising from what the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) calls “gender-affirming care.” As a result, it remains uncertain whether MaineCare would cover the healthcare costs for a transgender individual facing complications caused by hormone therapy or who wants to detransition. The 54,000-member American College of Cardiology has…

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Portland City Councilor At-Large Pious Ali went live on Facebook outside Portland City Hall on Election Day, and may have inadvertently broadcast himself violating state laws against electioneering near a polling location. As Councilor Ali walked outside of a side entrance to City Hall, an off-camera man asks him what he is doing, and Ali tells the man that he is telling people how to vote on that day’s ballot questions. In the video, Ali appeared to be instructing voters at City Hall how to vote on two ballot questions, even seeming to acknowledge during the stream that campaigning close…

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Maine’s Republican lawmakers scored a victory on Thursday by rejecting a bill that would have added a three-day waiting period on receiving a legally purchased firearm. “Year after year, we’ve seen extreme gun control policies pushed by out-of-state organizations that seek to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Mainers,” said Senate Republican Leader Trey Stewart (R-Aroostook) in a GOP statement Thursday. “Today, Maine Senate Republicans stood firm and led the effort to defeat these extreme proposals,” Stewart said. [RELATED: Maine Democrat Wants Gun Control for “Abnormally Dangerous Assault Style Weapons” But She Doesn’t Know What That Means] LD 60, “An…

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On Thursday the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee held a follow-up work session on House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross’ (D-Portland) bill, LD 1613, which aims to strengthen Maine’s laws against racial profiling in policing. In a June 7 work session before the Judiciary on LD 1613, Speaker Talbot Ross misrepresented the position of the Maine State Police (MSP), according to an email from an MSP Lieutenant Colonel to committee staff obtained by the Maine Wire. Talbot Ross claimed that the MSP supported an amended version of the bill that included a definition of “profiling” provided by the ACLU of Maine, but…

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A Twitter thread published Thursday by Daily Wire political commentator Matt Walsh showed internal documents from Fox News revealing the company is not the conservative cable news network it once was. The documents show that Fox encourages employees to donate to LGBT charities that give children “gender affirming” hormones, tells them read sexually explicit LGBT books, and monitors them with a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) AI. https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1669457286677291008?s=20 The documents shown in Walsh’s thread were produced by Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News. Fox News employees are presented with the following materials when they enter their online employee…

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MSNBC beat out Fox News in average primetime viewers last week, breaking Fox’s 120 week most-watched cable news network winning streak, according to Nielsen data. This comes just days after Axios reported that Fox News has sent their recently ousted primetime star Tucker Carlson a cease-and-desist letter after he took his show to Twitter, part of a contract battle between the network and its former top host. [RELATED: Tucker Carlson to Join Elon Musk at Twitter] Carlson was taken off the air in April, but Fox is set to continue paying his contract through Dec. 32, 2024. Carlson’s contract maintains…

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After a settlement reached on Monday between the operator of South Portland’s Howard Johnson hotel and around 60 migrant families, the hotel will give those families an additional month to find another place to live before they are evicted. But the hotel may still face fines from the city of South Portland. South Portland Communications Officer Shara Dee said that there was an executive session Tuesday evening between state representatives and the City Council to discuss options for the asylum seekers after the June 30 deadline the city established in April. Dee said that she understood that the extension settlement…

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Portland’s downtown Congress Street Starbucks is not festooned with Pride decorations inside or outside the store two weeks into Pride month, and just three days before the city’s Pride parade and festival this Saturday. [RELATED: Executives Are Rethinking Embrace of Left-Wing Causes] This comes as Starbucks workers’ union, Starbucks Workers United, alleged on Tuesday that the company’s corporate management asked workers in several states to take down their store’s Pride decorations over the last two weeks. “Taking a cue from Target, who bowed to anti-LGBTQ+ pressure and removed pride merchandise, corporate and district management are taking down the pride decorations…

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Students at the Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., tore down rainbow decorations and chanted “U.S.A are my pronouns” during the school’s spirit day celebrating Pride month on Friday, June 2. The school-approved spirit day was organized by the school’s student-led LGBTQ+ and allies “Spectrum Club.” According to a letter to parents sent by Marshall Simonds Principal Cari Perchase, the Spectrum Club hung up “Happy Pride Month” signs, rainbow banners, posters with slogans such as “Why it’s not ok to say ‘That’s so gay’,” and handed out rainbow stickers. Students and faculty were also asked to wear rainbow for…

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Former President Donald Trump has entered a not guilty plea to all 37 counts of federal charges brought against him in an indictment related to his handling of classified documents. [RELATED: Trump Indicted on Federal Charges in Classified Documents Probe as Biden Faces Bribery Allegations] Trump left his Doral, Florida, golf club in a motorcade early Tuesday afternoon to appear at the Miami federal courthouse ahead of his 3 p.m. appearance. A large crowd of supporters and opponents of the former president congregated outside the courthouse as Trump arrived. Federal Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman barred journalists from taking any audio…

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As of Tuesday, House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) has not responded to three requests for comment on why she appears to have misrepresented the position of the Maine State Police (MSP) on her proposed anti-profiling bill, LD 1613. A spokesperson for the MSP has also declined to elaborate on an email Lt. Col. Brian Scott sent to Judiciary Committee staff alleging that Talbot Ross said the MSP supported amendment language it did not. The language in question would make it much easier for law enforcement to be sued civilly for actions taken in the course of their official duties.…

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The Maine House of Representatives has passed a bill that will force hospitals to comply with federal price transparency requirements. The bill, LD 953, “An Act to Protect Maine Patients Regarding Hospital Price Transparency,” was sponsored by Rep. Laurel Libby (R-Auburn) and co-sponsored by Sen. Stacy Brenner (D-Scarborough). “Consumers have a right to know what they’re being charged,” said Rep. Libby. “[LD] 953 would further encourage compliance on the part of the healthcare facilities by preventing collection of non-payment from patients if the hospital is not in compliance with transparency requirements.” Blocking the ability to collect unpaid bills would create…

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On Monday evening the Portland City Council voted to approve a contract to build a new 180-bed shelter targeted towards single asylum seekers in the Riverton neighborhood. The city will enter a 3-year agreement with Developers Collaborate (DC) Management to build the shelter, which will be funded by a $4.59 million grant from the Maine State Housing Authority. The grant funds will be partially reimbursed through the state’s General Assistance reimbursement program. City Manager Danielle West said that should the level of General Assistance reimbursement be changed at the state level, the Council would need to come back with an…

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Unity residents who signed a petition opposing the town’s embrace of “Pride Month” in May have found themselves targeted by the creator of an anonymous website that lists their names, addresses, and images scraped from their social media accounts. In order to have their information removed from the website, the site’s creator is demanding a public statement of apology. The website was created after 100 Unity residents signed a petition calling on the Unity Select Board to rescind approval of a proposal to decorate town property for Pride Month, a month that left-wing advocates have dedicated to celebrating people who…

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On Monday afternoon the Portland City Council will hold a meeting to take public comment and then vote on a new $4.59 million 180-bed homeless shelter to be constructed in Portland’s Riverside neighborhood. [RELATED: Taxes in Portland Could Rise by 10 Percent If State Declines to Help With Asylum Seeker Crisis: WGME] The proposal is being sponsored by newly-appointed Portland City Manager Danielle West. The shelter will be owned by Developers Collaborative (DC) Blueberry LLC and DC Management LLC, and will be located at 166 Riverside Industrial Parkway. The project will be funded by a $4,596,160 grant from the Maine…

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On Monday JPMorgan Chase announced that they have agreed “in principle” to a settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging the bank facilitated financier Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking operation. Epstein was arrested in 2019 on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He was found dead in his New York jail cell a month later while awaiting trial. His death was ruled a suicide by the city’s medical examiner. [RELATED: Bowdoin College Moved Slowly to Remove Epstein Pal Staley from Board…] The lawsuit was filed in November of last year in the Southern…

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Democratic lawmakers attempted to pass off a definition of “racial profiling” from the left-wing ACLU of Maine as though it were language approved and provided by the Maine State Police, the Maine Wire has learned. The proposed amendment to House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross’ bill — LD 1613, “An Act to Prohibit Profiling and to Strengthen Civil Rights in Maine” — uses a definition of “racial profiling” that is identical to one proposed by the left-wing advocacy group. However, during a committee hearing, the language was presented in such a misleading way that an official from the Maine State Police…

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Former President Donald Trump revealed Thursday on social media that he has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the classified documents probe at his Florida residence. Trump, who is the frontrunner in the Republican 2024 presidential primary, is facing 37 felony counts on seven charges, and is set to be arrested when he appears in the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 p.m. This marks the first time a former president has been indicted on federal charges, and the second time Trump has been criminally charged this year, as the Manhattan district attorney…

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Maine Wire Editor-in-Chief Steve Robinson sat down for a podcast with Christian Civic League of Maine Executive Director Carroll Conley to talk about LD 1619 a few hours before the chaotic work session unfolded. Tensions ran high at the State House Thursday night as Democratic lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee held a hastily organized work session for Gov. Janet Mills’ controversial late-term abortion bill. The chaotic evening session ended with Democrats quickly moving to table Gov. Mills’ bill after refusing to let Republican committee members ask questions of expert witnesses or call witnesses of their own. “After the largest Public…

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On Thursday Democratic lawmakers in Maine’s House of Representatives defeated a series of Republican-proposed parental rights bills. [RELATED: Lawmakers Nix Public School Transparency Bill Favored by Bipartisan Majority of Mainers] The House voted to kill two bills that would have allowed parents to opt their children out of certain school classes or activities, and a bill that would require school curricula to be made public to parents. LD 1196 would have allowed a parent or guardian to remove their child from a school class or activity if it compelled the child to adopt a viewpoint that conflicts with the viewpoint…

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A Syrian asylum seeker has been arrested Thursday morning after a horrific knife attack at a French Alpine town playground left four children aged 22 months to 3 years and two adults with life-threatening injuries. https://twitter.com/shezanmango/status/1666798608098955264?s=20 The attack took place in a lakeside park in the French Alpine town of Annecy. A video of the attack shows the knife-wielding Syrian refugee wearing a head-covering and chasing victims around the playground as bystanders can be heard screaming. Adults in the video can be seen trying to fend off the attacker—one man hitting him with a backpack—before he leaned over a stroller…

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Almost 30 percent of Americans ages 18-29 support the government putting “1984-style” surveillance cameras in every household, according to a recent study by the Cato Institute. https://twitter.com/emilyekins/status/1665729606379360261?s=20 The study surveyed 2,000 Americans and asked respondents whether they would “favor or oppose the government installing surveillance cameras in every household to reduce domestic violence, abuse, and other illegal activity.” [RELATED: Maine Bill Would Redefine Money to Exclude Bitcoin, Enable CBDCs] 75 percent of respondents said they would oppose such a measure, with 68 percent saying they would “strongly oppose” government surveillance cameras in homes. However, 29 percent of Americans under the…

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The Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee held a work session Wednesday afternoon on a proposed bill LD 1735, “An Act to Safeguard Gender-affirming Healthcare,” a controversial measure modeled after a California bill. [RELATED: Alvin Lui: Transgender Trafficking Bill Infringes on Parental Rights] The bill would allow out-of-state children to seek “gender-affirming” care in Maine such as breast binding, penis tucking, puberty blockers, hormone treatments, or surgeries —over their parents objections. Supporters say LD 1735 would create a safe haven in Maine for minors looking to get transgender drug and surgery treatments that may be illegal in their homes states. It would…

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As funding runs out for General Assistance vouchers, asylum seekers occupying about 30 rooms of the Sanford Inn will soon have to leave the motel without knowing where they will head next for shelter, according to reporting from WGME. [RELATED: “We’ve been overrun”: Sanford City Officials Express Frustration Over Migrant Crisis at Emergency Meeting] From WGME: “In May, families and individuals suddenly arrived in the York County community. City leaders and other groups suddenly had to find the asylum seekers a place to stay, which included motels.” “‘The lodging help is the big issue for these people right now,’ Sanford…

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Portland leaders delayed a vote on the city’s proposed budget Monday night, in order to wait and see if the state will give them more money to pay for the city’s asylum seeker crisis, according to reporting by WGME. Proposed bills being considered in the State Legislature could help cover the over $4 million Portland says it needs to cover next year’s budget, including one bill that would increase state reimbursement for municipal general assistance from 70 to 90 percent. [RELATED: Maine Lawmakers Seek General Assistance Reform Amid Migrant Crisis] However, if that legislation fails, city leaders say Portland residents…

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Portland residents will have the opportunity to vote Tuesday on a referendum, Question A, that would amend the city’s current rent control ordinance to eliminate a 5 percent cap on how much landlords are allowed to increase rent when a unit turns over. Portland’s rent control ordinances were implemented through a ballot initiative organized by the Maine Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in 2020, and later modified in 2022. Landlords are currently allowed to increase rent on their tenants annually by 70 percent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to account for inflation, but cannot increase rent by over 10…

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Portland Police stopped 38-year-old Portland resident Martin Benjamin Monday afternoon on suspicion that he was participating in illegal drug activity near 55 Portland Street. A search revealed that Martin was in possession of 67 grams of fentanyl, an amount capable of killing an estimated 33,500 people. [RELATED: Maine Reports 2,506 Drug Overdoses, 140 Fatalities Through March 2023] Martin was also in possession of small amounts of methamphetamines and Cocaine HCL. He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Scheduled W drug and Violating Conditions of Release. According to Maine Drug Data Hub’s April 2023…

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Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a press conference Monday that city residents may soon have to open their private residences to housing asylum seekers. [RELATED: NYC Mayor Seeks to Change ‘Right to Shelter’ Law After Asylum Seeker Influx] In Monday’s press conference Adams announced that the city is launching a “Faith-Based Shelter Program” for houses of worship to lend support amid a rapidly-worsening asylum seeker humanitarian crisis. “No matter what faith you practice, caring for those in need is part of every spiritual tradition,” said Mayor Adams. “As we continue to tackle this humanitarian crisis, I’m proud…

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On Saturday at the League of Women Voters of Maine (LWV) Biennial Convention entitled “Democracy Forum,” Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows claimed that she had recently received a credible threat against her life. “So last Friday, I was headed to Monhegan with my husband and a social media you know, thing, popped up on my phone. Somebody said, ‘enjoy your Memorial Day. It’s gonna be your last’,” Bellows said Saturday. Bellows said that she has “15 detectives who work for [her] in the Division of law enforcement under the Secretary of State.” “They are associated with the bureau of…

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UPDATE: Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) tweeted late Monday that the FBI fears the whistleblower in this story will be killed if unmasked. https://twitter.com/RepLuna/status/1665830527117434881 House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) announced Monday that he will initiate the process of holding FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena of an FBI document alleging a criminal bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden. https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1665769178442383360?s=20 On Monday the FBI brought the document in question, an FBI-generated FD-1023 form from June 2020, to Comer and Ranking Oversight Committee Member Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) to review at a…

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Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey announced Sunday that he is endorsing Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for president. Dorsey’s endorsement came via a tweet in which he shared a Fox News interview where RFK Jr. argues he would be the Democratic presidential nominee most capable of beating former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024. https://twitter.com/jack/status/1665460519719895042?s=20 In the thread Dorsey called the Democratic National Committee (DNC) irrelevant, and said that he was both endorsing RFK Jr. as well as predicting that he will win the Democratic nomination. https://twitter.com/jack/status/1665462919046234115?s=20 https://twitter.com/jack/status/1665463756149645313?s=20 Kennedy officially declared his candidacy to challenge…

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As conservatives across the country question why large multinational corporations and brands appear to be lurching left, it’s worth recalling what BlackRock CEO Larry Fink had to say about “Environmental, Social, and Government standards” (ESG) investing. A viral clip from a 2017 New York Times panel discussion shows Fink claiming that his investment firm forces companies to change their behavior on “diverse” recruiting and talent development. https://twitter.com/RyanGirdusky/status/1665566613637156864?s=20 “You have to force behaviors, and at BlackRock we are forcing behaviors,” Fink said. “54% of the incoming class [at BlackRock] are women. We added four more points in terms of diverse employment…

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Maine has the 10th lowest performing state economy in the U.S., standing in 42nd place out of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to a study released Monday by personal-finance website WalletHub. WalletHub’s “2023’s Best & Worst State Economies” evaluated the 50 states and D.C. across three key dimensions: economic activity, economic health, and innovation potential. Here’s how the study ranked Maine’s economic performance along certain essential factors: 23rd – Annual change in GDP 43rd – Exports per capita 31st – Startup activity 36th – Percentage of jobs in high-tech industries 49th – Annual median household income 44th -…

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An independent report released Friday afternoon regarding Maine Attorney General (AG) Aaron Frey’s relationship with a subordinate employee found no significant issues with how the AG office handled the situation. [RELATED: 8-Month Long “Error in Judgement” – Maine AG Aaron Frey Caught in Sex Scandal] The report came from Deborah Whitworth of HR Studio Group, the third-party human resources consulting group hired in April to investigate Frey’s relationship, which at the time Frey called an “error in judgment”—an error he did not disclose for eight months. Whitworth’s report states that the original OAG investigation found “no wrongdoing” due to the…

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The Portland School Board announced on Friday that they will vote on Tuesday to confirm Dr. Ryan Scallon as the next superintendent of Portland Public Schools. https://twitter.com/PORTLANDPUBLIC/status/1664678601147416577?s=20 Dr. Scallon, who holds a doctorate in education and currently serves as an assistant superintendent in Philadelphia, will replace Xavier Botana, who announced he would leave the Portland superintendent position a year early last summer after he was hired for the role in 2016. Portland’s Superintendent Search Committee chose Scallon over the other finalist Eric Moore, a Minneapolis Public Schools administrator who last year was embroiled in a “quid pro quo” investigation with…

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Democratic State Rep. Sally Cluchey (D-Bowdoinham) advocated for an amendment that would compel Maine’s hunters to give coyotes a “respectful burial” on April 12 — the same day she cosponsored LD 1619, a bill that would allow abortions to be performed up until birth for any reason in Maine. “It’s a life, regardless of what sort of value people put on it,” Rep. Cluchey said about coyotes in the April 12 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee work session on LD 814. https://twitter.com/TheMaineWire/status/1664763320996380680?s=20 LD 814 was a bill that proposed restricting the daytime hunting season of coyotes from year-round open season…

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